5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt

One of my favourite phrases — which I fire at friends and visitors alike — is, ‘there’s history everywhere you go in Scotland.’ But in some parts of our dear green country, it’s harder to believe. The central belt especially was a hotbed of manufacturing and mines in days gone by; history and beautiful buildings at times were razed to make way for modern industries … Continue reading 5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt

Paisley: UK City of Culture 2021?

What do you think when someone says Paisley? If you were a Scottish teen in the noughties, this town was associated with one thing: Paolo Nutini. For me, he was an example of how a humble background is no barrier to creativity and success. I remember listening to These Streets and wondering if Paisley was anything like my home town; a stark contrast to the big cities … Continue reading Paisley: UK City of Culture 2021?

Why Irvine is Scotland’s ice cream capital

A day after returning from Rome in September, we were having gelato withdrawal symptoms (it’s a common occurrence, just ask your doctor). So when B’s family started talking about a place called Vanilla Joe’s — which has recently scooped Scotland’s Best Gelataria at the Italian Awards — our curiosity rumbled along with our tummies. So, with our tans still glowing, we zoomed down to Irvine to … Continue reading Why Irvine is Scotland’s ice cream capital

Review: McCune Smith Café, Glasgow

It’s September 2015 and I’ve just been back at McCune Smith! When I interviewed the owner Dan for the Journal two years ago, I fell in love with the café: the concept, the food, the aesthetics… everything. So here’s my original 2013 review plus some new images. Don’t forget to like McCune Smith on Facebook — they’re involved in some interesting events during this year’s Black … Continue reading Review: McCune Smith Café, Glasgow

Four favourites: West Coast walks

These walks won’t get your muscles defined, nor will they give you vertigo. Instead, these are four of my favourite wanders in different areas of Glasgow and the West, from city to coast. Alongside each stroll, I’ve suggested an eatery (because we all know that’s the best reward after a day of exploring!)

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Review: Artisan Roast, West End

Have you heard of hipsters? According to Urban Dictionary (which as we all know, like Wikipedia, is a verified font of knowledge) hipsters are ‘often seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses’. Until recently, I was fully convinced that this student crowd were fundamental to the success of Artisan Roast coffee joint and café.

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